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56,58 AND 60 MAIN STREET, MECCA BINGO (FORMER VOGUE CINEMA)LB50139

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
C
Date Added
09/08/2005
Local Authority
South Lanarkshire
Planning Authority
South Lanarkshire
Burgh
Rutherglen
NGR
NS 61205 61660
Coordinates
261205, 661660

Description

John McKissack & Son, 1935-6. Art Deco former cinema composed of brick auditorium with pitched roof fronted by white faience-clad Art Deco entrance façade stepped up towards centre with abstracted Classical detailing and small shops to each side of principal entrance. Brick on steel or reinforced concrete frame with white tiled frontage.

DESCRIPTION: 4 2-leaf doors in recessed entrance below curved canopy to centre of principal elevation; small shops to each side; moulded rectangular Art Deco pediment above entrance with bracketed cornice and stepped central finial. Truncated fluted columns flanking to each side. Roughly rectangular auditorium behind with tapered rear end.

INTERIOR: Imperial staircase at rear of entrance foyer with Art Deco balusters and tapered columns flanking to each side. Curved ceiling to auditorium with large 'O' in cusped recess to centre of ceiling; stage with flanking columns set in curved proscenium; concave curved balcony with Art Deco mouldings. Staircases to balcony and projection room. Several pairs of original 2-leaf swing doors.

Statement of Special Interest

A well-detailed Art Deco cinema situated in a prominent position on the main road through Rutherglen. The arrangement of the entrance façade is very unusual with a clever use of abstracted classical detailing to create a modern effect. The original entrance doors and shop fronts have been replaced. The interior still retains a number of original features including the foyer staircase and most of the decorative features in the auditorium (currently used as a Bingo hall - 2005).

The cinema was originally built as an addition to the 'Vogue' chain, seating 1,750, but was bought by Odeon shortly after it opened. It is possible that alterations may have been made to the interior décor at this time. The Vogue was commissioned by George Singleton who owned a chain of cinemas of the same name in and around Glasgow. Designed by James McKissack in 1935 and was opened in January 1936, it operated as a cinema until 1974.

The practice, John McKissack and Son, was named after James's father, who died in 1915. From about that time James McKissack focused almost entirely on cinema design and built over 25 cinemas before his death in 1940, many of which were for George Singleton.

References and Notes updated as part of Cinemas Thematic Study 2007-08.

References

Bibliography

Rutherglen Dean of Guild Register (plan ref RU1935/15) at Mitchell Library. THE RUTHERGLEN REFORMER, article Friday 24th January, 1936 (in album of newspaper cuttings held by the manager). DICTIONARY OF SCOTTISH ARCHITECTS at www.scottisharchitects.org.uk Further information from Cinema Theatre Association website: www.scottishcinemas.org.uk (accessed 18.01.08).

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